restricted access History Girls: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Historiography and the Case of Mary, Queen of Scots
Abstract

This essay argues that the compelling figure of Mary, Queen of Scots represented in conventional schoolroom textbooks inspired Jane Austen, Queen Victoria and Marjory Fleming to write counter-narratives about her life. These examples of private writing both absorb and resist the ideologies of nation, gender and causation that official histories promote.


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